Scholarships and Fellowships

The Heller School provides tuition and stipend support to all admitted full-time PhD students. This financial support does not require submission of a financial statement. Part-time students are not eligible for financial support. The funding package includes a 100% tuition scholarship, all University fees, the health insurance premium, and a current annual stipend for four years of $21,000. Students must meet certain conditions in order to receive fourth-year funding (see below).* Additionally, PhD students may also be eligible for federal loans, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships, but receiving such aid will not decrease the amount of the stipend students receive.

For most students, financial assistance comes from a variety of sources: federal training grants, fellowships and federal loans. Eligibility for U.S. student loans is determined using the FAFSA form. Eligibility for all scholarships and fellowships relies on the application for admission. Although the tips on our Searching for Financial Aid: Checklist and Advice page are intended for master’s students, they may be potentially useful to peruse.

A number of teaching assistantships, research positions, and administrative jobs may be available for qualified students. These positions are not awarded as part of the financial aid package. Interested students should contact faculty or administrators once they have arrived on campus. The financial aid office does not assist students with finding employment opportunities on or off campus.

*Funding for fourth-year doctoral fellowships will be contingent upon students meeting the following conditions:

  • Successfully complete the requirements of the third-year fellowship
  • Successfully defend a full dissertation proposal by August 1 before the fellowship year
  • Regularly attend a doctoral seminar and present at the seminar unless you are excused from doing so by the Chair of the concentration to undertake dissertation related field work
  • Meet regularly with dissertation chair at least at the beginning, middle and end of each academic year
  • Demonstrate verifiable benchmarks toward the completion of the dissertation are achieved as agreed to by the applicant and the PhD program director
  • Submit formal quarterly progress reports to the PhD program director and dissertation chair
  • Work on your dissertation for the equivalent of full-time work during the 28 weeks of the funded semesters
  • Not work for pay inside or outside of Heller more than 20 hours per week during the 28 weeks of the funded semesters

Specialized Research Fellowships

In addition to Heller’s general funding for all full-time PhD students enrolling in the program, we also offer several specialized research fellowships for students interested in the following policy areas.

The Schneider Institutes for Health Policy offer two doctoral training fellowships in the areas of health and substance abuse sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). These federal training grants include a 100% tuition scholarship, all University fees, the health insurance premium, as well as an annual stipend. The annual stipend for the AHRQ grant is currently $23,376 for the first three years of study. The NIAAA grant offers a current annual stipend of $23,376 for the first two years of study, plus a third year of $21,000 provided that the student remains in good academic standing. For a comprehensive description please visit the AHRQ and NIAAA fellowships section of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy website.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy offers one doctoral training fellowship per year. The goal of the fellowship is to equip Lurie Doctoral Fellows to conduct and disseminate disability research that informs policymakers, advocates and other constituents concerned about the disability service system. The funding package includes a 100% tuition scholarship, all University fees, the health insurance premium, and a current annual stipend of $21.000. For a comprehensive description of the fellowship please visit the Lurie Doctoral Fellowship section of Lurie Institute on Disability Studies website.

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy offers fellowships to doctoral students who wish to pursue dissertations in the area of social justice philanthropy. For more information please visit the Fellowships section of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy website.